Global Logistics and the Transportation Management Center: The Next Phase in Network Agility

In my previous article on the evolution of transportation management, Driving Value from a Transportation Management Center: Think Global, Act Local,  I discussed how transportation best practices were evolving from more rigid, centralized control towers to more flexible and collaborative Transportation Management Centers (TMC). The TMC merges technology, organization and processes to establish a set…

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Creating a Dynamic, Demand-Driven Supply Chain

Declining global sales, pressures to reduce inventories, high levels of demand variability – these are all contributing factors to the increasing complexity of the global automotive industry. In 2012, we have seen major disruptions in the automotive supply chain due to events like the territorial dispute between China and Japan has deeply affected the industry…

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Supply Chain Innovation: What Does it Mean? Why Should I Care?

What does it mean to be innovative? The term “innovation” involves the use of a new method or technology, which results in more productive and efficient processes. When it comes to the supply chain, “innovation” means improvements in the way that products and services, information and relationships flow within the network.  Innovation when executed properly…

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Moving From the Basement to the Boardroom: The Changing Landscape of Demand Management

Fifteen years ago, I was entrenched in implementing demand management processes and systems across a variety of large companies. Wow, have the times changed! Back then, my Monday morning travel preparations included picking up my paper airline tickets, printing design documents, writing my appointments into my Franklin organizer, and checking my bag for free. I…

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Real Results Magazine: Must-Have Tips to Boost Your Supply Chain

What’s on your summer reading list? If you’re like me, you’re reading a couple of good books, have several more on your “got to get to” list and a magazine or two with the corners folded down for when you have a little airplane time or for a quick read over lunch. Here’s hoping your list isn’t too long, as I’d like to recommend that you add the latest issue of JDA’s award-winning Real Results magazine.

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